Robert Benton

Robert Benton ( born September 29, 1932 in Waxahachie, Texas, USA) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. His notoriety he founded initially as a screenwriter, then to achieve international success as a director.

  • 3.1 Nominations Oscar
  • 3.2 Awards Oscar


Robert Benton grew up in his small place of birth Waxahachie, graduated from the University of Texas his Bachelor of Fine Arts and moved to New York, where he earned the master's degree at Columbia University. His path in life was to become a painter, his over years of persistent work for Esquire, most recently as an art director, but it took longer to write. Together with Harvey Schmidt in 1962 he published The Book In and out. , At the same time he started with David Newman to develop the script for Bonnie and Clyde. After great initial difficulties, it was filmed in 1966. After further success with two dirty scoundrels (1969) and What's Up, Doc? For which the filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich gave the plot, finished the writing team in 1972 with Bad Company 's cooperation. The film was for Robert Benton also the debut as a director. For its worldwide success Kramer vs. Kramer, as well as for his later directorial work, his own screenplay was frequently template.


Working as a director

Work as a screenwriter

Robert Benton also wrote the script for most of his films. He also wrote screenplays for the films:

Working as a producer

Awards (selection)

Oscar nominations

  • Written by: Nobody's Fool - In the long run irresistible
  • Places in the Heart
  • Late Show
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Directed by: Places in the Heart
  • Kramer vs. Kramer

Oscar Awards

  • Best Screenplay: Places in the Heart
  • Best Screenplay: Kramer vs. Kramer
  • Best Director: Kramer vs. Kramer